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    Russian 16 gauge reloading set

    16 gauge shells are not plentiful in normal times. Its even harder to find it at present. I bought this made in Russia simple reloading set for about $ 36. It resembles a US bottle capping tool for making beer at home.
    It comes with a little lever type press. Two styles of de Primer tips and 209 style priming tip. A interesting star crimp starter and a crimp closer. I bought a made in USA roll crimp tool for us on drills, but the Russian sell a hand version of a roll crimp tool as well. I have a late 1950s Pacific progressive 12 gauge press that can deprime and prime 16 , but not crimp or close. So I needed this Russian tool to fill the gap.
    I found this set can make decent shells if you take your time on the crimp and use over shot cards. There is a learning curb. To much pressure you mess up the hull, to little and the star unfolds itself. With roll crimper it is much easier to make nice shells from virgin Hulls. For used American plastic hulls stick with the star crimper or trim off the excessive folds with a plumbing pipe cutter and use the role crimper.
    This tool would be a good fit for slow projects likes slugs, buck shot or heavy loads like #2. It is a very relaxing task.

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    Additional 1920’s tools called in for seating wad cup and shot
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    Crimper tool
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    Crimp closing tool
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    Both roll and star crimp. The star crimp is not perfect, but adequate. It takes practice
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    Last edited by Norton; 04-14-2021 at 07:11 PM.
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    Interesting. Never seen one before.

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    Slick little gizmo Norton.. it works too!

    Tho we may be reaching the stage where folks don't know what a bottle capper is. I have the one from my father's house that we used when we made Hire's Root Beer back in the day.
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